PAs: The perfect bridge between medical and mental health

PAs, like Tracy Keizer, are the perfect bridge between medical and mental health. She practices in the 100-bed adult psychiatry unit of the Regions Behavioral Health System in St. Paul, Minn. Regions is a safety-net hospital providing care for patients with limited or no access to healthcare because of financial circumstances, insurance status or health conditions.

PA turns transplant team service into model of care

Since accepting a position in the transplant surgery service at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) in Seattle, PA Monica Morrison has transformed the transplant team’s PA service into a model for other departments within the facility.

Preventive medicine is the best travel medicine

PA Bianca Belcher blogs for the New England Journal of Medicine about PA Derek Hersey, who practices travel medicine. PA Belcher writes that one of the things that she loves most about the PA profession is its versatility, and meeting PAs who are pursuing careers outside the norm.

PA juggles work, MBA school, and basketball

PA Chris Braier has a multitude of goals so he’s become adept at juggling his career as a PA in orthopaedic surgery with MBA school, coaching high school basketball, and pending nuptials.

PA in orthopaedics saves patient’s life with generalist education

Among the millions of people who have dreamt of working in sports, only a small fraction of them have successfully turned those lofty dreams into real-life occupations. So when PA Sincer Jacob — a big time sports fan — landed a job at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago, a practice that works with many of the city’s professional sports teams, he knew how fortunate he was.

PA leans in, embraces challenges, and expands care

Experience has taught PA Ratna Kanumury that having more than one pair of eyes on a patient can be tremendously beneficial. As director of PA services for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) in Illinois, she serves a dual role splitting her time between administrative duties and treating patients at Woodlawn Health Center, a safety net public health clinic on Chicago’s South Side where many residents live in deep poverty.

PAs and NPs are not interchangeable

“Are NPs and PAs the same and therefore substitutable?” As a PA and NP, Virginia Hass has a unique perspective on this topic. In this JAAPA article, she focused on the scope of practice and core competencies of each profession.

An American PA in the UK

The New England Journal of Medicine features a guest blog post by PA Megan Tetlow, from Fort Myers, Fla., who is working in Sheffield, England, as part of the UK's National Physician Associate Expansion Program. She practices in gynecologic oncology.  Tetlow writes that she's always dreamed about living and working in another country, and now she wants to share what she's learned with other PAs.